Vega, Suzanne - Marlene On The Wall Lyrics




Even if I am in love with you
All this to say, what's it to you?
Observe the blood, the rose tattoo
Of the fingerprints on me from you

Other evidence has shown
That you and I are still alone
We skirt around the danger zone
And don't talk about it later

Marlene watches from the wall
Her mocking smile says it all
As she records the rise and fall
Of every soldier passing

But the only soldier now is me
I'm fighting things I cannot see
I think it's called my destiny
That I am changing

Marlene on the wall

I walk to your house in the afternoon
By the butcher's shop with the sawdust strewn
"Don't give away the goods too soon"
Is what she might have told me

And I tried so hard to resist
When you held me in your handsome fist
And reminded me of the night we kissed
And of why I should be leaving

Marlene watched from the wall
Her mocking smile says it all
As she records the rise and fall
Of every soldier passing

But the only soldier now is me
I'm fighting things I cannot see
I think it's called my destiny
That I am changing

Marlene on the wall

Marlene watched from the wall
Her mocking smile says it all
As she records the rise and fall
Of every soldier passing

But the only soldier now is me
I'm fighting things I cannot see
I think it's called my destiny
That I am changing

Marlene on the wall

And even if I am in love with you
All this to say, what's it to you?
Observe the blood, the rose tattoo
Of the fingerprints on me from you

Other evidence has shown
That you and I are still alone
We skirt around the danger zone
And don't talk about it later

And I tried so hard to resist
When you held me in your handsome fist
And reminded me of the night we kissed
And of why I should be leaving

Marlene watches from the wall
Her mocking smile says it all
As she records the rise and fall
Of every man who's been here

But the only one here now is me
I'm fighting things I cannot see
I think it's called my destiny
That I am changing

Changing, changing, changing, changing

Marlene watched from the wall
Her mocking smile says it all
As she records the rise and fall
Of every soldier passing

But the only soldier now is me
I'm fighting things I cannot see
I think it's called my destiny
That I am changing

Marlene on the wall





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Vega, Suzanne Marlene On The Wall Comments
  1. Eskimo Joe

    She describes her local New York district a little bit like the Beatles do with Penny Lane...very perceptive and intelligent...where have all the great songwriters gone?

  2. buttgoo magoo

    JESUS!!! I MEAN PRIMAL PLACE

  3. buttgoo magoo

    I MEAN pirates

  4. buttgoo magoo

    Arrrghh spellcheck!!!

  5. buttgoo magoo

    I like how she sings from her privates

  6. MsMiguel70

    I'm sorry, but when I think of strong women, their words and music and impact I think much more folks like Vega much more than T. Swift. Shoulders of giants

  7. punkpoetry

    The people saying "omg she's so underrated" about a famous and acclaimed artist are just admitting that for them the ultimate accolade is Britney Spears-like commercial success.

  8. Tony Bones

    Great song. The production dates it a little. 10 years before or after and it would sounded a lot better.

  9. kevinditzlerchecket

    ...sorry I took so long to fall for you. ...breathtaking in that dress.

  10. Paul Cherry

    And scandalously sexy!!

  11. hubschab

    Wonderful! One of the best musicians!

  12. Waldo Rojas

    I bought this album in the spring of 1987. I was just about to graduate from high school in Schenectady N.Y. This was my favorite song. It always reminds me of that last beautiful summer with friends and being scared shitless of the future that was ahead of me. I wish I could tell my then self to be not afraid.

  13. Jaime Davis

    My 3 favorite bands are Lord Huron, Suzanne Vega, and ABBA

  14. Eoin Hickey

    we need the oldies back today's music is shite

  15. bac3500

    She looks like Miranda from Sex and the City.

  16. John Harrison

    Oh my God, this is so good. Seething rage

  17. Jeffrey Berry

    What happened to her dark hair?

    Erin Fisher

    It dyed ,may it rest in peace

  18. Heart Made Fullmetal

    And not the inspiration for 'Napoleon. '

  19. Orlando Augusto Stock

    Great song

  20. John Bernardo

    One of the first songs that got me hooked to 'smooth jazz' 94.7 Wave Los Angeles.

  21. La risata di Boogie

    Un brivido lungo una vita

  22. Giordano Bruno

    Adoro essa música. Delícia!

  23. roberto c

    A clever, talented artist.

  24. Solar Dillon

    feel so old...great track.....

  25. Carrie Fawcett

    Extraordinary lyrics, love this song x

  26. will crow

    smooth as silk. perfect and cool.

  27. Gerhard Olm

    Beautiful !

  28. ebony charters

    that sucks

  29. Anouk Bryndis Hilmarsdottir

    Love this song <3

  30. Andy Turner

    Saw her live 3 times. 1st time was on her 1st UK tour. Saw her at Colston Hall in Bristol. This track was what got me hooked on her music

  31. covington race

    This is such an early 90s song but it's from 1985

  32. Andy JS

    She has similar eyes to Madonna.

  33. Lauren Riches

    I loved working at beautiful days with her

  34. darganx

    14 yrs old, into hip hop and electro soul when this was released BUT this for some reason stopped me as it was so different at the time.. cheeky gap in her teeth as well lol

  35. Anthony Townsend

    You'd think in 2018 EVERYONE could have internet without videos stalling thus ruining the vibe. - Artificial scarcity for Bankers profit has existed for thousands of years with everything else, why should the Web be any different?

  36. EvieClark's Covers

    Love this song!

  37. Spud ly

    British culture is dying Sharia rules you.

    darganx

    Spud ly OK Bot

    Ronald Cammarata

    Wrong video. I think you want one of the Nazi videos.

  38. Mr. Coin

    💗💗💗💗💗💗

  39. Griffinfoxwolf

    The solo is beautiful

  40. Marlena

    yay marlena

  41. Tony Lange

    well.... we had the best!

  42. leroux sylvain

    À shiny morning....

  43. Joe Straughan

    We love Suzanne! Few compare to thee!

  44. David Boura

    Real woman, real music.

  45. Pooper Scooper

    Never heard this beautiful song before just now, radio 2 just played and stirred my interest just gorgeous

  46. Menno van Poecke

    Ever been to The Netherlands?

  47. Jack Pidgeon

    Inspiring!

  48. Outbound Calling Official

    Dang the chord progression in this song is so baller. Going into the chorus is so unexpected but feels so right

  49. Nicola Moran

    Magnificent song - one of my desert island picks

  50. Bella Bella

    Better than Taylor Swift and the rest of them ...classy.

  51. Michelle Grant

    I adore this track!🔥

  52. Honda Will 2008

    She's amazing

  53. paul elliott

    Had this on 10 inch vinyl when the single came out
    Love the first album, and all her others in truth
    Fantastic and man, she looks so young ( then didn't we all) - still sounds amazing

  54. Jason Simpkins

    Good Well Written Songs, And Classy Good lookin lass aswell

  55. Ricardo Lacerda

    Ela esta´ mais linda hoje do que há vinte anos!

  56. Paul

    Loved Suzanne Vega as Teenager. So good to listen to these great songs again.

    If I had known how shit the 2000's were going to be I would have stayed in the '80s

  57. P. Aaron Jones

    Some rad chick turned me on to Suzanne Vega as this record was released. Have hear 1st release discs & they're still damn good.

  58. Joaquim Coutinho

    This song seems from 2010.

    Jack Pidgeon

    Joaquim Coutinho I believe it's from 85

    Joaquim Coutinho

    That was my point, its very modern for its time

  59. Cynewulf Meddugnatos Agenarich Turms

    Suzanne's for sure cuter than Marlene! Too bad she won't read this comment....

  60. sebas hess

    KELLY/SOPHIA WELCOME BACK, YN NYMEGEN, graiLy greetings, 8 0f SWORDS with BONObo-RRules...and TIPI- behavioR SEBAS SEBAS SEBAS, ys

  61. Panglos

    Track 2, Steve Kinder & Teja Bell's Windsurfer, is not on this playlist.
    On YouTube it can be found at v=rc8_RmSr0Pk .

  62. ravenhill the hooded mystic † 1044 AD

    a classic from way back in the 80's,.. reminds me of a girl i fancied who used to work in starbucks.

  63. steviethai

    saved my life

  64. Susan Maxwell

    What is Marlene? Like a painting or what?

    thecarpy

    A poster of Marlene Dietrich, look her up on wikipedia, if you know neither, ask google ...

  65. buttgoo magoo

    This song reminds me of singing

  66. drumdust

    1985.
    Still sounds great :)

  67. sebas hess

    2 the reincarnation of SOPHIA, NOW named KELLY: I almost tattood with a ROSE but, I wanted 2 B. older than 38, greetings the boy from the LAKE.ps.A statue from 90 miles high 2 price Mick Jagger, ERGO: ERIK USMANI.....NB. Doe je volle broer, ROBIN TIMMEERS , de groeten, KOZMIK!! ( ilve WITH me ), BEESJE= RESHAH ( my name at SOPHIA-TIME................and, more 2 come ).

  68. Joe Straughan

    Superb! Nothing more to say!

  69. Joe Straughan

    Agreed Horro! She's superb! Big kiss for her!

  70. Forastieri

    Holy crap, apparently she is managed by Michael Hausman (drummer of the 80s band Til Tuesday). He also manages ex-bandmate Aimee Mann. Small world!

    Jack Pidgeon

    I think in an interview she said she is independent now.

  71. Dima Fokin

    Her voice is so unemotional and restrained. Suzanne is like the antipode of Kate Bush. And I love them both)

  72. SoulStylistJukeBox

    Still my favourite song by her.

    Virginia Taylor

    Mine too!

    Dumpy Goodness

    @Virginia Taylor FUN FACT:
    when I moved to NYC from Boston, I knew Suzanne Vega lived around SoHo or Tribeca, so I woudl always look out for her as I Bike Messengered. and... ONE DAY... there she was (on the outskirts of the nabe, mostly industrial and few people) walking up the sidewalk... and I pulled up and asked "are you Suzanne Vega?" and she said "Yes" and I said "Is that your real hair color?" (it was very red) and she said "It was when I was a baby" (!!!), and I laughed (because she's funny and irresistible) and then drove away. (Had I not been sworn to celibacy, I would've tried to date her by any means necessary.) (OUCH!) (A few more words may have been exchanged but I don't recall them. My rule is to never hassle "famous" people. They deal with non-stop pests.)

  73. TrainInVain

    This is a great song but killed and terribly dated by the awful 80s production.

    Slant Six

    I love the dated look and feel. It was the times, not the fake polished look of today.

    TrainInVain

    Slant Six I'm not talking about the look , I'm talking about the music production

  74. TheMotogavlas84

    I'm fighting things i cannot see lalalala

  75. Slant Six

    Ah the 80s, loved those days...

  76. Julli1234

    It is funny that she looks at the guitar every now and then to see if the chord is ok even though this is a video and you don't need to play correctly. I guess she wanted to have a real performance feeling to the video. No offense though, this is a nice song & video and Suzanne is nice too :).

    Aun Tin

    Dang, you're right. Nice analysts!

  77. MrPaul1872

    why have I never heard this song before?

    MrPaul1872

    Well, I've heard it now,....and I'm going to hear it lots more times.

  78. paul hallows

    they don't make music like this any more

    Jack Pidgeon

    I dunno, Suzanne Vega is still making awesome music!

    Elinora Rose

    The fuck they don't??? You're just looking in the wrong places

  79. Catan de Lorca

    EXTRAKLASSE... !

  80. M.G. Gallagher

    What can I say?

  81. kalkman1972

    I listened to this song, whilst driving a bus towards the Dead Sea, 1989, still a very great song.

  82. bringme2life27

    What's with the American Psycho looking dude?

  83. Gregory L'Esperance

    Such a unique and gifted talent; a vocal style seriously without compare....

  84. Mika Jugger

    She's no criminal
    all who know her music
    love her
    body and soul

  85. Peter1999

    Folk /Pop Rock. Honest Vega

    lunymoony

    She is brilliant.

  86. Jkr K

    the first time I heard it, I was in a car... driving to my parents home while it was raining hard, I felt so lonley, it was 1985. now 2016 they played this song and again I was about on the the same spot driving to my parents and it was raining, I felt the same like I did back then, the only soldiers are we, we fight things we can not see.....

    Captain Haddock

    First time I heard this song was driving to the Belgian Grand Prix in '85 at Spa- that day stood out for because my ears pricked up straight away when this came on the radio- and also because I found a great vantage point at Eau Rogue to get a first hand view of a young Ayrton Senna claim his second ever Grand Prix win in the JPS Lotus on a wet, misty afternoon.

    ...I still remember that afternoon like it was yesterday, coming home buzzing with that feeling of contentment you get after you have a day where everything just 'turns out'...

    MeowthRocket

    I heard this back in 2003 on SNL........... I have never forgotten it.

    There are days I can't remember my own name... but this song... I always remember.

  87. Danny C Illumini

    Such brilliant music :-) . Totally love it

  88. Yootjoob

    This is such a beautiful song.

  89. pumpkintubs

    that I'm taking take that off my wall the boyfriend sick of the sight of them staring when we have sex xxx

  90. eilat aviv

    Marlene Dietrich.

    Sharon Jensen

    That's who I believe the "Marlene" in the song is.

  91. trancedsoul83

    totally love that song. suzanne vega is indeed dramatically underrated.

  92. Matt Channing

    The guitar solo is a masterpiece study in taste and phrasing. A clean Stratocaster straight through a small amp with no effects, played with restraint, with nothing but good ideas.

    Jonny Crabb

    I've been studying this myself!

  93. Diana Kalstein

    What a lovely voice, she's amazing. :)

  94. Joe Straughan

    Jonas - go report that!

  95. cricket61161

    LOVE this song.

  96. cricket61161

    LOVE this song.

  97. SKOTP69

    Masterpiece!

    Harvey Lee

    +SKOTP69 totally  agree I believe this was inspired by  a  poster of  MARLENE DIETRICH  beautiful song and  what a beautiful woman she does  remind me of  the  actress from  THE LOVE BOAT  or  maybe  the sailor reference is playing with my mind!!   I''m glad  I stopped drinking    enjoy m8!!

    Nathan M

    +Harvey Lee , I haven't confirmation on that, but I do see that, as well. The scenes with Vega dressed glamorously in black, sitting on a ledge that could easily be imagined as a piano, the way Dietrich did it back in the thirties. The mesh veil, the compact implying sophistication and glamour. It was like the underground version of Bette Davis Eyes. LOL